A programme by Fondazione Mediterraneo to favour the mutual understanding through meetings, images and music
About 10% of the population of the Sicilian town Mazara del Vallo are of non-EU origin. Italy’s “most Arabic town” lies 140 kilometres from Tunisia, while 90% of the town’s immigrants are actually Tunisian. We take a look at this story of integration, at what was done and what still has to be made. The immigrants saved the fishing business and repopulated the historical centre. Their children speak Arabic and the Mazara dialect and go to school to learn Italian. Some schools are bilingual. The municipality created the position of assistant municipal councilman, a person who belongs to the Tunisian community and is consulted as a representative of the foreign community. Is this real integration or just peaceful co-existence? The immigrants prefer their children to learn Arabic because they think they will return home one day. That is why they stay among themselves, having neither the desire nor the time for socialising. There’s not much else to do aside from work, even religious life seems non-existent. It seems it has been abandoned like everything else in the fatherland. There aren’t mosques in Mazara anyway. Through the lights and shadows of this town, we’ll follow Tunisian immigrants: the memories and the worries of parents, the hopes and the new customs of their children.
Graduated in Communication and postgraduated at Mediaset TV School. Selected artist at the Biennale dei Giovani Artisti d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, received Cortopardo Prize at the Locarno Film Festival 2005.
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